My Friend Dahmer by Derf BackderfYou only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.
In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.
Ross Lynch creeped out Jeffrey Dahmer’s pal on ‘My Friend Dahmer’ set
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. The final panel in John "Derf" Backderf's chilling graphic memoir, My Friend Dahmer, is a haunting portrait of the author after getting a call from his wife, a reporter in Akron, Ohio, that his high school friend had been identified as a serial killer and cannibal who had murdered 17 people, eating some of their body parts. I glanced over at the magazine display and every This was a guy I sat next to in study hall and gave rides home from school!
Ross Lynch may currently be known as the nonmagical dreamboat in Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina , but his most recent foray into film was far more sinister. In My Friend Dahmer , Lynch plays the titular serial killer when Jeffrey Dahmer is still in high school—a few years before his first murder.
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Jeffrey Dahmer's Last Interview - 1994
In Derf won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for cartooning. Backderf grew up in Richfield, Ohio , the son of a chemist. Backderf graduated high school in , and began attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. The following summer he worked as a garbageman back in his hometown.
They grew up together in a small Ohio town. Thirteen years after both graduated, Backderf was working as a newspaper cartoonist when the news came: Dahmer was identified and arrested as the Milwaukee Cannibal, who had raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys from to It was a very disturbing time. Backderf eventually became a graphic novelist. It screens Friday, Nov. That was a pretty good instinct.